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National Geographic Traveler

National Geographic Traveler Feb-15 - Mar-15

National Geographic Traveler is the world's most widely read travel magazine. With captivating storytelling and beautiful you-are-there photography, National Geographic Traveler brings you the world’s best destinations. Experience the same high-quality articles and breathtaking photography contained in the print edition.

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United States
Idioma:
English
Editor:
National Geographic Society
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confessions of an airbnb virgin

There is no better place to sample the peer-to-peer economy than where it sprouted, the fecund fields of northern California. Chief among the sharing economy sites is the white-hot Airbnb, which connects travelers to people renting rooms, apartments, or even houseboats. That’s how I met educators John and Cindy and booked their two-bedroom home in Mountain View for my recent family vacation. The house, though Lilliputian, was big on personality: Sunlit and book-filled, it even came with hand-waving next-door neighbors and a backyard tree dripping with fat oranges. I loved temporarily inhabiting this cool couple’s crunchy NorCal life. But the quirky leftiness that so charmed me was offputting to my family. “Is this a hotel or someone’s house?” asked my son, who didn’t quite get the concept. “There’s a Buddha…

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a slice of life in seville

Photographer John Kernick captured this moment at El Riconcillo, said to be the oldest bar in Seville, Spain, while on an assignment for “Spanish Inclination” (page 30). “Though this photo didn’t end up in our feature, I was drawn to the well-dressed waiter—who’s framed by beautiful light from a nearby window—by his look of careful concentration while expertly slicing Iberian ham for tapas, something he’s probably done hundreds of times,” says senior photo editor Carol Enquist. ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH WRITER MY CITY: EDINBURGH PAGE 12 Pint Stop Visit Edinburgh’s Canny Man’s Pub, which features an eccentric collection of objects—a bit of an Aladdin’s cave. Next Up I am traveling to Botswana and then to Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Book It Patrick Leigh Fermor’s wonderful account of his trek across Europe in the…

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a century of graphing the globe

Tool of War Our 1944 map of Germany served as Winston Churchill’s personal briefing map, which history buffs can view at his Cabinet War Rooms in London. Visual Aid Maps made here focus on more than just land mass: They’ve measured meat consumption, opium production, and radioactivity in Chernobyl. Escape Route With a 1971 Nat Geo map as his guide, Nguyen Van Canh led 49 refugees out of communist Vietnam at the end of the Vietnam War. VIP Swag Incoming presidents receive a personalized map set from the Society—President Obama’s detailed Hawaii, Kenya, and Indonesia. ▪ ON SALE NOW: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’S 10TH EDITION ATLAS OF THE WORLD…

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nat geo-branded lodges

If you like our ethos, now you can stay at hotels and lodges around the world that share our passion for authenticity and sustainability. Here are three standouts from the new National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection. At eco-resort Rosalie Bay (right) in Dominica, guests can help guide endangered sea turtles—which hatch safely on Rosalie’s black-sand shores—to the Caribbean Sea. Peacefulness is an extra amenity in the hallowed halls of Bhutan’s Zhiwa Ling. This completely handmade hotel contains a Buddhist temple built with 450-year-old wood from the Gangtey Monastery. On Tetiaroa, a French Polynesian atoll owned by Marlon Brando, the Brando mixes LEED platinum sensibilities with privacy—each villa features its own pool and paparazzifree beachfront view. ▪ BROWSE HOTELS AT NATIONALGEOGRAPHICLODGES.COM.…

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nashville, tennessee

Joseph Hudak, senior editor of the online Rolling Stone Country, tells us where to find the tunes, twangs, and southern comfort cuisine in Tennessee’s capital city. When someone comes to visit me, the first place I take them is Peg Leg Porker for a pulled pork sandwich (top) and a Yazoo beer. The best place to see live music is Mercy Lounge on Cannery Row, but if you’re in the mood to dance, check out Robert’s Western World on Lower Broadway. The most random thing about my city is the replica of the Parthenon in Centennial Park. Locals know to skip the twohour-plus wait at the Loveless Café (even though its biscuits are the stuff of legend) and enjoy the southern family-style breakfast at Monell’s instead. You can see my city best from the Korean…

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lost boys of the bayou

In “The Weirdest Country in America” (October 2014), New Orleans-based writer Andrew Nelson navigated the quirky cultural landscape of Louisiana. Reader John Sampaga of Reno, Nev., believes another important group in the Pelican State’s diverse mix deserves recognition, too. “I missed seeing any reference to the ‘Manila Men,’ or Filipinos who were shanghaied to work on Spanish galleons during the 18th century, and afterward built their own fishing settlements in Louisiana’s bayous,” he wrote. “It was an injustice to not include any mention of this hardy group of early Americans.” WORDS TO TRAVEL BY Butcher’ (n.) Cockney slang for “look,” this British colloquialism derives from rhyming “butcher’s hook” with “look.” Example: “Come have a butcher’s at all the tourists posing with the Royal Guard.” OOPS! After our November 2014 issue mentioned that South Korea’s…